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Old 08-15-2019, 12:52 PM   #1
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Seeking Advice for Plywood Flooring


My partner and I are finally finishing up demolition of our 2008 Ford E-350 Mini Bus! After removing the rubberized flooring, weve come to find that our plywood is glued to the metal frame of the bottom of the bus and it isnt coming up without damaging the bus. Weve accepted that and have decided to work with what weve got by using the plywood (its in good condition) and go from there. However, it has a stickiness to it from the adhesive used to keep the rubberized flooring down. We have a Ryobi sander, but the adhesive is not moving hardly at all. We had planned to waterproof seal the floor, but now were at a stand still because Im assuming the seal cannot penatrate the adhesive coating. Any advice on what a good alternative route would be? Well be living in the bus long term and dont want to cut any corners here.

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Old 08-15-2019, 01:12 PM   #2
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You could grab some thin (~1/4") plywood and put it down over what you've got. That way you have a fresh surface to work from.

That said... it's probably worth putting down some sort of insulation before putting down the final deck.
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Old 08-15-2019, 03:36 PM   #3
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Thanks for your advice! That sounds like the most reasonable route. Do you recommend a floating floor? And what insulation route do you suggest?
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Old 08-15-2019, 07:03 PM   #4
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I used 1/4" insulation and then 3/4" plywood on top. After the build I used luan on top and then our final floor which was vinyl. I did it this way to minimize ceiling height. If you got room you can use thicker insulation and maybe framing and then plywood on top. This minimized road noise a lot.
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Old 08-18-2019, 08:15 PM   #5
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Thanks Johnny! This is so helpful.����
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